Earlier this year, I had the great pleasure of meeting one of my all time favorite tackmakers, Susan Bensema Young, at the Springamathing live show in Golden, Colorado. Sue wasn't showing, but she brought several tack items to share, including the beginnings of what has turned into the most magnificent model sized parade set I have ever seen.On her website, Sue refers to this as her "Big Saddle." It combines all her signature elements--braiding, design, silverwork and tooling--and took seven months and more than two hundred and twenty four hours to complete.
The set includes one first--a corona pad made with the help of Melody Snow's new how-to book. If anyone would like to send me a last minute Christmas gift, that would be a good one!
Here's a better look at the bridle and breastcollar. I really appreciate the true parade style of this set. This is not modern competition tack with extra decorations. It's the real thing, just in 1:9 scale.Amazing work, Sue! This truly is your masterpiece.